Does Loyola Offer Test-Blind Admissions?
COVID-19 has challenged us to look at the college admission process differently. Loyola University New Orleans is happy to announce we are instituting a test-blind admission process. Starting with the Fall 2021 application cycle, Loyola will not require a standardized test score for our admission application and we will not consider a test score, should a student choose to submit. In test-blind admissions, the SAT or ACT score is not considered for admission or merit scholarship decisions. This will allow the admission process to be more focused on GPA, academic rigor, student involvement and the student’s personal statement.
We recognize COVID-19 has had a large impact on the ability of students to follow the recommended timeline for the college process. The spring and summer after a student’s Junior year are typically when students prepare for and complete standardized testing. Currently, the SAT and the ACT test dates offered in the late spring and throughout the summer have been cancelled. By removing the testing requirement, we hope to reduce some of the stress that might be caused by the college application process.
What is Test-blind Admissions? Is it the same as Test-optional?
For test-blind admissions, your test scores (ACT or SAT) will not be considered in your admission or merit-based scholarship decisions. Test-optional schools will consider your test score if you choose to submit it. As a test-blind institution, Loyola will not consider your test score even if it is submitted.
Will my test scores be required to officially enroll?
No. Loyola will need your official high school transcript with proof of graduation.
What if I want my test scores considered in my Admissions review?
You can send your test scores to Loyola, but they will not have an effect on your admissions or scholarship decision.
Will you use weighted or unweighted GPAs?
We will review the GPA that is reported on your high school transcript and will honor the weighted GPA if it is higher.
For International Students: Will I need to submit a test score?
Per federal regulations, international students are still required to provide proof of English Proficiency. This can be demonstrated a number of ways: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test. Students completing English courses in the AP/IB curriculum, as well as students enrolled at a U.S. accredited high school where instruction is delivered completely in English will also satisfy this requirement.
For Transfer Students: Will I need to submit a test score?
No. Loyola requires transcripts from all current and former institutions.
For Athletes: Will I need to submit a test score for NAIA eligibility?
Currently, the NAIA requires a test score for eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year. However, an exception was made by NAIA for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please visit the NAIA Eligibility Center for the most current information.
For the University Honors Program: Will I need to submit test scores?
No, ACT or SAT scores will not be considered as part of the Honors Program application process.
For Louisiana students: Will I still get TOPS if you do not receive my test score?
No. Currently the state agency (LOSFA) that awards TOPS requires an SAT or ACT score to award the TOPS Scholarship. You must take and submit a qualifying test score to both LOSFA and to Loyola if you want to use TOPS. Loyola will use the score to determine TOPS eligibility, but it will not factor your test score into your admissions decision.
What if I do not have an official high school diploma? Can I still be accepted?
Yes. For students who have completed a homeschool curriculum or taken and passed the GED, we will review your application holistically for admission and scholarship.
Is Loyola University New Orleans open for campus visits?
No, unfortunately we are unable to offer campus visits at this time.
How can I learn more about the campus without visiting?
- Check out our virtual campus tour, hosted by our own Student Government Association President, Jessamyn Reichmann Young.
- Students can also get a feel for the size of our campus and some of its amenities through our interactive 3-D map.
- Our Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Financial Services offices remain accessible via email, phone, and text during this time and we are here to help.
- If you are an Admitted Student, check out our Virtual Admitted Student Day where we will host weekly "Live with Loyola" webinars! See the full schedule in the next question below.
- NEW: Incoming students can also join our Meet the Dean and Meet My Major virtual info sessions to learn about academic life at Loyola and meet with peers interested in the same topics.
How can I learn more about academic life at Loyola?
Admitted students are invited to join virtual info sessions throughout the month of June to learn more about academic life at Loyola.
Meet the Dean: Students and parents can tune in to live virtual town halls hosted by the deans of each academic college at Loyola. The chat function will be turned on to allow attendees to ask questions. View event details.
Meet My Major: Join faculty and peers for a live discussion on Zoom to get an overview of your program, discuss engagement opportunities through student organizations and internships, and offer you a chance to ask specific questions. View event details.
What is the "Live with Loyola" Schedule?
If you missed a live event, click the links above to watch a recording.
Are you still taking applications?
Yes! We are absolutely still accepting applications and offering scholarships. Currently, we do not anticipate any disruptions to our Fall 2020 semester. Please apply here.
Are you accepting graduate school applications?
Yes! Moving forward, we will communicate with all graduate school applicants via email. Our general graduate admissions email account will be checked daily as normal. Students can still submit applications via the graduate student application online. Students will be asked to submit official transcripts and other supporting documents electronically. However, a process has been implemented for physical mail to be picked up and processed regularly.
Can I still make my deposit?
Yes! You can still make your enrollment deposit online.
- On-campus students: $500
- Commuter students: $300
Once I submit my deposit, when will I receive more information?
After May 1st, you will start to receive regular updates from the Admissions Office about next steps leading up to the Fall 2020 semester. In the meantime, please check your Loyno portal for required documents needed before arriving on campus in the Fall.
My high school year has been extended to make up for lost instruction days. Does this affect my admission decision?
Of course not. After you have completed your senior year, please send us your final transcripts and be sure to check your Loyno portal for other required documents.
How can I talk to a professor about some questions I have about my intended major?
Our wonderful professors are here to help and available via email. Check out our Academics page for your specific program and individual professor contact information.
I want to experience success coaching. How do I do that?
You can book an appointment with one of our Student Success coaches through the following link: Loynosuccess2020.youcanbook.me
Will you accept unofficial transcripts during this time?
Yes, we will accepting unofficial transcripts. With school and business closures, we understand that your school might not be able to send Loyola an official printed copy of your transcript. We will accept electronic transcripts or PDFs from the school or student emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for undergraduate students. For graduate students, they can be emailed to email@example.com. We will not accept a handwritten form.
Please note that we will require an official copy of the final transcript before the student begins classes in the fall.
I am a prospective transfer student - where do I send my transcript?
We are encouraging all prospective transfer students to send their transcripts electronically at this time. Please contact Jamie Blanch, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, with any further questions about transferring to Loyno.
Who can answer my questions?
The Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Financial Services Offices are working remotely and are available. We recommend emailing the departments at the email addresses below to reach them the quickest.
- Admissions: 504.865.3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Aid: 504.865.3333 or email@example.com
- Student Financial Services: 504.865.3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To reach a specific individual in Admissions, Financial Aid or Student Financial Services, please browse the list below:
Office of Admissions
Out of State - Undergraduate Student Counselors (On Ground Classes)
If you are unsure of who your Admissions Counselor is, please click on one of the bullets to see who is assigned to your region:
Louisiana - Undergraduate Student Counselors (On Ground Classes)
Online Degree Program Admissions and Readmits
Tharren "Tee" Poplion
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Students
Office of Financial Aid
Director of Financial Aid
Associate Director of Financial Aid
2020-2021 New and Prospective Students A-Glh
2020-2021 New and Prospective Students Gli-Or
2020-2021 New and Prospective Students Os-Z
Undergraduate Continuing Students A-M (On Ground)
Undergraduate Continuing Students N-Z (On Ground)
Online Degree Program Students (New/Prospective Students)
Online Degree Program Students (Continuing/Currently Enrolled Students)
Graduate and Law Students
Student Financial Services Account Counselors
Will August orientation sessions still occur?
No, we will not have on-ground orientation in August. Instead, students have been invited to complete a personalized virtual orientation over the summer. All new students are required to complete the virtual orientation modules before the start of fall classes. Parents can also review the modules if they want. Wolf Pack Welcome Opening Weekend will still occur in-person on August 21-23 to build on the virtual summer orientation experience and welcome new students to campus. We will also offer virtual programs as part of Wolf Pack Welcome for our students studying remote.
What transition information will be provided to parents and students before the start of classes?
In addition to the virtual orientation modules and the Wolf Pack Opening Welcome Weekend event, we will invite students to attend small-group Zoom meetings with our orientation or “Krewe” leaders, called Krewe Chats, starting in July. The Office of Student Affairs will also implement live, virtual webinars and panel discussions for parents. There will be a chat function enabled for all events, which will allow your questions to be answered by a Loyola professional staff member and/or a Krewe Leader.
I am an international student. How will I complete orientation?
International students will complete online orientation just like other incoming students. Additionally, you will be asked to complete a separate orientation in August through a different platform that is specific to the international student experience. We will contact you with details about both orientations soon.
When can students move into the residence halls?
Students will be able to move into their residence hall the week of August 17 and will be given specific instructions for the date and time to move in. The university will follow all national and state guidelines to ensure this is done as safely as possible and more detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks regarding this. For information about move-in, please review our Residence Life FAQs.
Can parents assist with move-in?
Yes, students can bring 2 guests to help during move-in.
Will Wolf Pack Welcome still occur?
Yes, Wolf Pack Welcome Opening Weekend is still scheduled as planned for August 21-23. Wolf Pack Welcome is a required, three-day program designed to kick off the fall 2020 semester for the newest members of the pack! There are a variety of programs and events – both online and in-person – to help students meet other incoming students, participate in Loyola traditions, and more. Wolf Pack Welcome is solely for incoming students.
How can I make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to review or answer questions about my schedule before August?
Within two weeks of your deposit, you will receive your fall schedule from your dedicated, go-to summer advisor. You’ll be able to discuss your schedule, and make adjustments to your registration if appropriate. If you’ve been considering changing your Major, let your summer advisor know — they will get you connected with the new department, and a new advisor who can update your schedule for your new Major.
For first-year students, advising occurs across several offices, and you will have access to advisors in each office before and after school starts. In the Pan-American Student Success Center, the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching assigns each deposited student a first-year advisor-coach, who will guide you through the transition to academic life in college and connect you with the Loyola community throughout your first year at school. You can expect to hear from your advisor-coach soon after depositing. You will be able to make appointments for advising-coaching sessions over the summer, during Wolf Pack Welcome, and after school begins. Learn more about the Office of Academic Advising and Success Coaching.
I have a medical, mental health or disability-related need. Can I talk to someone before August?
The University Counseling Center, Office for Accessible Education, and Student Health Services are open throughout the summer. We encourage you to reach out in early summer to coordinate continuing care and ensure that any accommodations can be in place before the semester starts.
- Office of Accessible Education: Schedule a virtual appointment with an Accessibility Counselor. (Please note that the deadline for housing accommodations is June 12, 2020.)
- University Counseling Center: 504.865.3835
- Student Health Services: 504.865.3326
Is Loyola merchandise available for purchase?
Yes, you can order Loyola merchandise via our online shop. Remember to visit often for coupons and sales!